To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is in hiding among us.”
1 Save me, O God, by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For the insolent have risen against me;
the ruthless seek my life;
they do not set God before them.
4 But surely, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will repay my enemies for their evil.
In your faithfulness, put an end to them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Again, reading the introductory note to this psalm really sets the stage. Saul was seeking to kill David, and people around David were ratting him out. This reminds me a little of the children’s song that went:
“Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms.”
But, David knew that even if the king and the Ziphites hated him, God did not. And he prayed for God to vindicate him. To me, hoping for God’s vindication means staying the course and living with integrity, know that God will support those who are seeking to live God’s way.
God, in those moments when all seems to be going against me, give me the strength to seek your path and walk down it. Vindicate me again those whose ways are dark and destructive. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.